A couple in Tana River County was forced to cancel their wedding when a man claiming to be their father emerged just as they were about to walk down the aisle.
Anne Magwi and Jotham Munini who were both raised by single parents, had walked into the church on Saturday for their wedding when their alleged father, alongside his sisters, stormed the venue to stop the wedding, terming it an abomination.
Holy Redemption Ministries Pastor Festus Muli, the man claiming paternity for the couple said he had sired children with both women involved in the wedding at a time before they parted ways due to various reasons.
The pastor explained that the man, James Sidai, claimed that after the wife discovered he was having an affair, their relationship became toxic and she fled with their child, who was just a year old then.
Pastor Muli told the Daily Nation that Mr Sidai produced photos of the two children when they were young and when in college, which he had obtained from friends and relatives who had interacted with them.
According to Sidai’s nephew, who sought anonymity, the man has been trying to trace his children for the past 10 years in vain.
Pastor Muli noted that he had to call off the wedding and summon the parents for talks after he was informed by one of the pastors of the new development.
“The women did not deny knowing the man, and neither did they deny paternity. We sat down the couple in the nick of time and explained things out,” he noted.